I think it’s safe to say that we all have some bad skincare habits. I care about my skin, but I really don’t think about the things I am really doing until a huge ass zit pops up on my epidermis. So like most of you, I freak out. I’m piling the zit cream on, praying it goes away and then it doesn’t. Still, I know how to fake a golden glow like I did in the pictures above. I want to share with you some of the good and dirty habits I have and hopefully help you glow better too. It’s important to remember that no matter what you see online, no one is perfect. We all have skincare issues. What’s most important is that you appreciate the skin you’re in.
5 BAD SKINCARE HABITS TO KICK TO THE CURB
Before you start check off things on this list, focus on kicking one habit at a time. Set realistic goals for yourself, and reach out to a dermatologist like Heather Woolery-Lloyd, M.D to help you figure out what to focus on first. [I also think it is important and recommend you to hire a black dermatologist because they understand our [ethnic] skin concerns on a deeper level. Click the link to get a list of some of the best black dermatologist in the business https://www.essence.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/how-find-good-dermatoligist/]
I’m no alcoholic, but I do drink occasionally. Even an occasional drink is harmful to the health of your skin. “Alcohol is actually one of the worst, most aggressive compounds to destroy your skin,” says New York nutritionist Jairo Rodriguez (https://www.vogue.com/article/alcohol-skin-damage-effects). Try your best to space your drinks out as far in between each other as possible. According to Rodriguez by the age 40 it takes 33 hours for the alcohol to leave your system completely.
2. EATING TOO MUCH SUGAR
When I’m stressed out, my go to remedy is chocolate and ice cream. “Dr. Carl Thornfeldt, a dermatologist with over 30 years of skin research experience, says sugar has two major effects on skin—it activates inflammation and binds to the collagen to make the skin stiff. He says any processed sugar is too much, and can eventually cause long-term damage because of chronic inflammation.” (Blum, 2015) You can reduce inflammation by eating less sugar and processed food. Reduce dessert to maybe 1 to 2 times a week. You can kick your sweet tooth craving with something more healthy for you like strawberries or cherries.
3. SLEEPING IN MAKEUP
This is a bad idea! Honey mooning or whatever, take it off unless you are too drunk to do so. I started keeping make up wipes in my purse because I am looking for my bed after 3 drinks. Makeup wipes only help a little, and are not actually going to cleanse your face. When you wake up (hopefully not hungover) wash your face. MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES ARE NOT CLEANSERS! Wipes are helpful when you really just can’t make it to the sink.
4. PICKING ZITS
I know. I know. I’m not suppose to pick at it but it is extremely hard for me not to. My breakouts are very painful. Popping my zits relieves some pain and stress, and it may take some therapy to get me to stop. If you’re [like me] hoping to elevate pimple pain, try rubbing ice on your face to reduce inflammation. Harvard Health says that adding tomatoes to your diet helps in reducing inflammation as well. There are hundreds of resources on the internet to aid in reducing inflammation if that is your focus. Search ‘things that reduce inflammation‘ or ‘vitamins that reduce inflammation’.
Stress-skin connection is real. The huge contribution to my adult acne problems is STRESS. Stress leads to other bad habits, such as drinking, eating junk, and not getting quality sleep. “Even skin-picking disorder (also called excoriation disorder) , have a more obvious link to stress.” (Barnes, 2018). Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can do about stress. Focus on your nervous habits ,such as picking your skin. Stress can make you more skip your usual healthy habits, which can come with side effects [acne, irritation, flareups]. “Usually, when we’re experiencing a great deal of stress, we spend less time taking care of ourselves,” Bennett says. (Barnes, 2018).
5 GOOD SKINCARE HABITS TO ADD TO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE
- CLEANING PHONE SCREEN
2. CLEANING MAKEUP BRUSHES
3. WASHING FACE
4. MOISTURIZING FACE
5. WEARING SUNSCREEN
One of my goals this year are to reduce inflammation. I plan to do this by taking a daily cleanser vitamin and cutting back on my consumption of sugar. I will use a calendar to track the days I do have a dessert, so that I make sure I’m not stress eating. How do you plan to improve your skincare/self-care habits? What works for you? What doesn’t work for you? Comment in the links.
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References & Cites
1. Castor, M. (2014) The Doctors are In: for years we’ve been seeking out the advice of the best doctors in the field. here are the derms we’ve given our essence stamp of approval. Retrieved May 18 , 2020 from https://www.essence.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/how-find-good-dermatoligist/
2. (2018) Foods that Fight Inflammation Retrieved May 18, 2020 from https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/foods-that-fight-inflammation
3. Pimple Popping: Why Only a Dermatologist Should Do it Retrieved May 18, 2020 from https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne/skin-care/popping#
4. Blum, R. (2015) This is What Happened To My Skin When I Quit Eatring Sugar for a Week Retrieved May 18, 2020 from https://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/a16619/sugar-skin-effects/
5. Barnes, Z. (2018) Here’s How Stress Actually Impacts Your Skin retrieved May 18, 2020 from https://www.self.com/story/how-stress-impacts-skin